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UK Sales Charts: Grand Theft Auto V Plants a Charge on the Top Spot

Posted by Sammy Barker

Beats first week sales of all other GTAs combined

As expected, Grand Theft Auto V has put a bullet in all of its competitors and shot straight to the summit of the UK sales charts. Incredibly, after just five days on sale, the title is already the 24th best-selling game in the nation ever, and the tenth best on the PlayStation 3. Sony’s system accounted for 43 per cent of the sales, a split that the platform holder will be hoping to improve upon when its next generation console arrives.

But you want more statistics, right? The critically acclaimed sequel’s launch week was 2.4 times greater than Grand Theft Auto IV’s, and shifted more than 250,000 units more than the previous record holder, Call of Duty: Black Ops. It even managed to outsell the first week sales of all of the previous Grand Theft Auto games combined. That’s absolutely ridiculous when you stop to think about it.

For those that missed the announcement last week, the sandbox title sold 1.57 million copies in the UK during its first day on sale, generating revenue in the region of £65 million ($104 million). The game has since gone on to accrue over $1 billion globally, with the release presumably smashing records overseas, too.

As for the rest of the chart, PES 2014: Pro Evolution Soccer got off to a strong start in second. Meanwhile, The Last of Us sneaked back into third, while Saints Row IV and Splinter Cell: Blacklist rounded out the top five. Elsewhere, Diablo III, Disney Infinity, and Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX all finished within the top ten. What did you spend your money on this week? As if we need to ask...

[via chart-track.co.uk, eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (10)

divinelite

#1

divinelite said:

Too bad no killzone mercenary on the chart.. Guess great game doesn't mean anyone will like them

MadchesterManc

#2

MadchesterManc said:

@divinelite Nice EDF avatar :) Its a shame the launch of GTA is going to swallow up some decent games. KH 1.5 and Splinter Cell to name a couple. GTA has been hyped like crazy for weeks, so even though games like Killzone had a little hype too, noones gonna bother with anything other than GTA. Probably 80% of GTA's sales in the UK are to casual Fifa & CoD loving scroats though so nothing else was gonna outsell it anyway

eliotgballade

#3

eliotgballade said:

wonder how many copies have been brought by ignorant parents for their turkey - twizzler nourished kiddies ?

BornOfEvil

#4

BornOfEvil said:

It's good to see The Last of Us making its way back up. I'm going to hold off on GTA until a PS4 version is officially announced, in the meantime, I have to pre-order Arkham Origins and get ready for Beyond: Two Souls.

Sanquine

#5

Sanquine said:

Am i the only one who does not play GTA? My next game is puppeteer and then tales of xilia 2

Gamer83

#6

Gamer83 said:

@Sanquine

Of course you're not the only one who doesn't play GTA. I don't understand the b*tching people do about it's sales though. Absolutely fine that some people don't like its style of gameplay, and I get why that is, but just because it doesn't appeal to some of you personally doesn't mean it doesn't deserve the critical and commercial reception it gets. Same with CoD, not my kind of game but I can certainly understand its appeal to others.

Gamer83

#7

Gamer83 said:

@divinelite

Part of the problem is the Vita itself doesn't sell for sh*t. I'd like to see the tie-in ratio the game has. I wouldn't be surprised if it's been selling well to the existing owners, the thing is, it's not the kind of game that will move Vitas off shelves so once the majority of the Vita owners who are looking for a good FPS have bought it, it falls from the charts rapidly since so few Vitas are out there. I'm hoping the Vita TV gets announced for North American and Europe and that Killzone will somehow be made playable for it because I think that could re-ignite some interest in it.

charlesnarles

#8

charlesnarles said:

@Gamer83 @Sanquine it's true; my gf won't even play console games cause she doesn't like the experience. Loves playing gbc, gba, ds, 3ds and sims 2. Won't play Diablo 3 with me even tho I have 2 ps3s and 2 big screens 15 feet apart and the digital version DL'd to both.

Gamer83

#10

Gamer83 said:

@divinelite

They do crave FPS, on their home consoles. I have a lot of friends who are interested in Mercenary but those same people simply don't enjoy playing games on portable consoles. And this is partly why I think if Sony wants to make the Vita a success it has to get Vita TV out in the West as well as Japan. I think the 'micro console' idea is more appealing to the audience in the West that Vita seems to be geared to.

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